Wildlife Photography Camp - Sasan Gir, May 2019
Gir is one of India’s oldest sanctuaries, and the sole home of the Asiatic lions (Panthera leo persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. The Government of Gujarat has declared an area of 1412.1 sq km as Protected Area (PA), which comprises 258.7 sq km as National Park and 1153.4 sq km as Sanctuary. Besides this 470.5 sq km of forest area forms a buffer Zone as reserve, protected and unclassified forest. Thus, a total area of 1882.6 sq km makes up the Gir forest.
Gir has evolved to host a very stable ecosystem with tremendous regenerating, self-supporting and self-sustaining capacity due to its richness of biodiversity. The plentiful avifauna population has more than 300 species of birds, most of which are resident. The scavenger group of birds has 6 recorded species of vultures. Some of the typical species of Gir include crested serpent eagle, endangered Bonelli's eagle, crested hawk-eagle, brown fish owl, Indian eagle-owl, rock bush-quail, Indian peafowl, pygmy woodpecker, black-headed oriole, crested treeswift and Indian pitta.
The Asiatic lion's habitat is dry scrub land and open deciduous forest. These lions were once found across northern Africa, south west Asia and northern Greece. However, now Gir is considered to be a last home for Asiatic Lions. The 14th Asiatic Lion Census 2015 was conducted in May 2015 during which the population of Asiatic Lion has been reported as 523, which 27% up compared to previous census in 2010. The population was 411 in 2010 and 359 in 2005.
Highlights of this tour:
Five lions / Bird Safaris to the Jungle on different routes.
Wildlife photography seminal workshop.
Picture editing sessions.
Tribal dance/night photography sessions.
Scheduled dates: 8th - 11th May 2019
Proceeding to Sasan Gir from Ahmedabad. Vehicle will depart from Ahmedabad at convenient time so that it will reach Sasan Gir between 11AM to 12.30PM. Allotment of rooms and refreshment at the Resort/Hotel. Lunch and rest for some time. After refreshments, departing for evening Safari in the Gir forest with expert and official guide. In the Gypcy car. On return after freshening, a short session about Wildlife photography, D. Overnight at the Resort/Hotel.
Early in the morning after breakfast, heading to another morning Safari on the other route along with expert and official guide in the vehicle. On return, refreshments and fruit juice/tea/coffee. Exploring nearby semi forest areas for bird watching / photography. A short talk on experiences of expert in Gir forest and Lion census. Then Lunch and rest for some time. After refreshments, Departing for evening Safari in the Gir forest with expert. On return after freshening, a short session about experience in the Safari and discussion. Overnight at the Resort/Hotel.
After breakfast, proceeding for morning Safari on the different route. On return, refreshments and fruit juice/tea/coffee. Exploring surrounding areas for bird watching / photography. Visit of Gir interpretation center and souvenir shop. Then Lunch and rest for some time. Departing for evening Safari in the Gir forest with expert. On return after freshening, a short session about experience in the Safari and discussion. Overnight at the Resort/Hotel.
Way back to Ahmedabad.
On confirmation a 3-star of equivalent stay will be booked. Stay will be on twin sharing basis
Things to carry
Telephoto lenses – preferably above 300 mm
Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.
Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries
Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop
Carry a bean bag to stabilize your gears while shooting from safari vehicle
Carry a big towel / cloth to protect your gear from dust
Carry a big cloth / bandanna / scarf to protect you from the dust
Carry protective rain gears for yourself as well as for your gears
It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you.
Please carry Odomos to keep you protected from mosquito bites.
Carry a pair of good binoculars
We now have an equipment rental service wing. Send a mail to cmVudGFscyB8IGRjcGV4cGVkaXRpb25zICEgY29t for any requirement.
On field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skillsets. Our Wildlife Photography Expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following
How to approach Wildlife in the field
Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
How to get sharp images of moving subjects
Framing and composition in the field
Ethics in Wildlife Photography
Divyaraj, an educator at Surendranagar, Gujarat, possesses doctorate in Physics and pursuing another one in wildlife science for Dispersed Wild Ass. He is a keen naturalist, wanderer and photographer, The hand-on camera for different experiments, had excelled him for vivid photo techniques viz. High -Speed, Long Expo, Wide angle, Wildlife, Portrait etc. His work is seen at magazines like Landscape, Better Photography, Smart photography, SAEVUS, Sanctuary Asia etc. He trains students in Nature Camps at Gir NP and LRK. He had participated censuses: lion (2010,2015), Wild Ass (2015), Herbivores at Rampara, Birds at Velavadar NP and Nal-Sarovar. He is always on a look out for meaningful patterns in the natural world. He believes that his experience as physicist and artist have together helped him appreciate and value the wild and its inhabitants. He is a Skipper in Team DCP, Ahmedabad
Rs 25,000 per head inclusive of all taxes
Safaris in open air gypsy van. (Max 5 person)
Accommodation (stay on twin-share basis).
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included during the tour.
All required permits, entrances and entry fee.
DCP expert for field gudance on photography
Guide, tracking expert throughout the tour.
Cost doesn’t include
Transportation throughout the tour.
Additional food and beverages ordered.
Camera equipment like tripod, batteries etc
All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% refund
All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% refund
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No refund possible
Please take a note that sighting of a Lion and / or a good photography opportunity to capture it in an ideal frame is a matter of luck. Though the possibility of sighting is high but it can never be guaranteed in the wild.
You must confirm your booking by paying the charges at least before 20 days of commencement of the photo tour due to booking strategies of department of forests, Gujarat. Photo IDs of participants are required at the time of booking.
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